It’s done. Over. Complete. Finished. Finalized. In The Books. Through with.
Which ever way you cut it, Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Trilogy, which included Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, is now at an end. Never again will Christian Bale suit up as the Caped Crusader and never again will Mr. Nolan step behind the camera to direct what we’ve all come to know as the best superhero series of all time.
So, with that in mind, it’s time to get all sad and teary eyed and reflect on the trilogy as a whole. In particular, let’s look back on the top 10 moments from Christopher Nolan‘s re-defining trilogy and let’s examine what made them so spectacular.
Please note that there will be spoilers for all three films in this article.
*Special thanks to Will Chadwick for his help in putting this together.
A Bird? A Plane? No It’s A Tumbler – Batman Begins
Without a doubt, one of the best parts of Batman Begins is the chase scene involving Batman’s Tumbler. For one, the vehicle is an absolute beast and to see it roar to life, and then take out that cop car almost instantly, is a sight of sheer delight. What proceeds though, is even better.
“I’ve gotta get me one of those,” says Commissioner Gordon as he sees the Tumbler take off. Funny, I was thinking the same thing when I first saw the vehicle too.
With policemen in hot pursuit, the “black tank,” as one cop calls it, proceeds to race through the city streets with Batman and Rachel inside the vehicle. As the chase progresses, the Tumbler ends up on the top level of a parking garage. Seemingly cornered, it looks as if the Caped Crusader is at a dead end. Just as all hope seems to be lost, Batman asks us to trust him and as we’re still deciding whether that’s a good idea or not, he takes the Tubmler and jumps it across to the next building.
The chase then takes place on two levels, with the cop cars following on the street and the Tumbler shredding apart houses and buildings as it leaps from rooftop to rooftop.
As one of the cops yells on the radio “he’s flying on rooftops,” we see the Tumbler do just that, as it soars across a rather large gap and lands on the roof of a house, ripping up the tiles upon landing.
Really, I could go on and on about what a great scene this is but if you’ve seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The Tumbler car chase is an excellent piece of filmmaking and is one of Batman Begin‘s most exciting sequences. To see that massive, tank-like vehicle just ripping through the streets, and then soaring across rooftops, well, you only get that in a Batman film, folks.
He Leaves A Calling Card – Batman Begins
Have you ever seen a final scene so chilling and tantalizing. When Gordon hands Batman the Joker card, I felt the hairs on my neck rise. It’s the perfect sequel set-up. Nolan gives us the smallest hint at what to expect, all we see is a single playing card, but we already know what’s in store for us.
The build up is excellent too. As Commissioner Gordon starts to describe the latest criminal at large to Batman, we don’t realize the significance at first. “Armed robbery, double homicide,” says Gordon. Ok, nothing special, right? “Has a taste for the theatrical, like you,” continues Gordon. Now our attention is caught. Finally, the commissioner states that their newest target “leaves a calling card” at the scene of his crimes.
He hands the card to Batman and as it’s flipped over and the Joker symbol is revealed, our minds explode. Cue four years of unbearable anticipation for The Dark Knight and a massive amount of internet rumors and speculation.
The scene then continues to play out. “I never said thank you,” protests Gordon. “And you’ll never have to,” replies Batman, before leaping off the building and flying into the night as the credits come up.
Perfect movie ending? I think so. And that’s a trend that Nolan would follow with his next two films in the trilogy as well.
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